Hampton City Schools (HCS) projects the highest school accreditation rate in six years with an increase of 27 percentage points in accreditation - 93% of schools fully accredited
State assessment results released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) show students in Hampton City Schools continue to make great improvements in academic achievement, as measured by the state’s accountability system. Division officials are projecting an increase of 27 percentage points - the highest accreditation rate in six years.
In 2015, 12 schools, or 41% of schools, earned full accreditation. In 2016, 16 schools, or 55% earned full accreditation. In 2017, 19 schools, or 66% of schools earned full accreditation. This year, HCS expects that 27 out of 29 schools will be fully accredited, representing 93% of the division’s schools.
“I am confident in the work we are doing in support of teaching and learning. Our comprehensive accreditation plan, which includes a system of differentiated support to schools and an enhanced curriculum, as well as our literacy program that focuses on literacy development from birth to postsecondary, confirms we are moving in the right direction,” said Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith.
The Virginia Board of Education has revised its accreditation standards to provide a more comprehensive view of school quality while encouraging continuous improvement for all schools and placing increased emphasis on closing achievement gaps. The VDOE will release official ratings in September 2018. More information on the state’s accountability system can be located here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/school-accred.pdf.
The division’s leadership team is looking forward to the release of detailed information in September as the new accreditation model will take into consideration student growth, as well as factor in subgroup performance. Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Dr. John Caggiano stated, “Today’s data also gives us the opportunity to compare our progress to the state and lets us see how we are trending in comparison to other divisions. Although this current information does not tell our whole story in regards to credit recovery and student growth, the data are still important for us to analyze as we focus on continuous improvement.”
As evidenced by these most recent assessment results, Hampton City Schools continues to make progress in closing achievement gaps. For example, pass rates for the subgroup populations of African-American students and Disadvantaged students continue to exceed statewide averages on the Reading Standards of Learning assessments. In addition, preliminary results indicate that the subgroup population of Students with Disabilities showed marked progress on the Reading Standards of Learning assessments, which can be attributed to the division’s strategic focus and collaboration around literacy, said Deputy Superintendent Caggiano.
Superintendent Smith added, “We are making exceptional progress toward all of our schools being fully accredited. This is representative of a strong working relationship with our families and community, as well as a committed and dedicated HCS staff. We will continue our efforts to ensure that our young people not only exceed state benchmarks, but also demonstrate growth and are college, career and life-ready.”
Hampton City Schools is certainly targeting instruction at all levels. At the secondary level, HCS continues to expand dual enrollment opportunities and industry certification programs. The dual enrollment credit hours earned by HCS students have increased 600% percent between the 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years. The 6,977 Thomas Nelson Community College Credits earned through dual enrollment saved students and families nearly $1M in Virginia Community College System tuition. Based on current average costs in Virginia, this represents an approximate total cost savings of $6.3M that students and families would have paid to earn these credits at a four-year college or university. In addition, 759 students in the Class of 2018 earned 2,517 industry credentials across 66 different industry pathways, an increase of 424 industry credentials earned since 2016-17.
The Division is transforming what teaching and learning looks like in Hampton, as the Class of 2021 will begin “wall-to-wall” academies this year, meaning all students will be enrolled in an academy. The Academies of Hampton is moving from five pocket academies to 16 academies and from 18 pathways to 44 pathways that will enrich all students’ learning experiences and help to ensure that all students are college, career, and life-ready.
HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000.
As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings.
All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy. All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources. Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 or (757) 727-2300.
HAMPTON CITY SCHOOLS WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE
Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge. The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase. By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.” Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.
Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites. HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.
HCS WEBMASTER AND ACCESSIBILITY
The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.
The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility. The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster, email@example.com., the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Director of Graphics, email@example.com.
When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line. Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours. To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:
HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy. See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.
Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE. If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.
HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis. HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein. The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors. Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.